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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday


STILLWATER, Okla. — Weaver: "As I said earlier, It's been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Councilor for Seat One for these three years. And it's just a universal truth and we all know it because you all serve in other capacities, when you're serving, you get more out of it than you put into it. That's always the case and it just amazes me that people say, 'You give so much time." Yeah, but I get so much back. This community is a wonderful place to be. As I said earlier, I'm willing to commit the time and the energy. I'll show up to the meeting. I'll engage. I'll make the best decisions that I can. I know you don't agree with all the decisions that I've made. I hope you haven't. I'm not going to say I made some mistakes but I'm sure that there are some that you would say that I did. But on the whole, I would hope you would believe that I've tried to do what's best for this community, for Stillwater and it would be an honor and a privilege if you'd vote for me on April 2nd. I'm happy to serve again as your city councilman."

Noble: "Decisions in city government affect us all. The citizens, neighborhoods and businesses. As Stillwater grows, there are many important decisions City Council must make. Who will you choose to make your decisions for the next three years? I've talked about economic development and infrastructure and quality of life and how they're all interconnected. Is one more important than the other? No. People want to live in a city with good roads, water, sewer, power; they want a city with good infrastructure. We deserve that. Businesses want the same thing and to attract economic development, we must have infrastructure in place. But, businesses and people also want more quality of life opportunities. Quality of life, to me, is all of the things we enjoy doing when we're not at work. It's shopping and dining and entertainment and recreation. It's opportunities for young and old. It's opportunities that create tax dollars. That's what's important to our city. But quality of life goes beyond what we do when we're playing. It's about the availability of a variety of established and new neighborhoods where homeowners and residents, the citizens of Stillwater, can live and thrive and know their interests and investments are respected and important to city leaders and City Council when those types of decisions are being made. Established businesses need to know that they are equally important in Stillwater's growth plan. We are obligated to equally consider the wishes of those who have made Stillwater what it is today. Those who have already invested in Stillwater. When we grow Stillwater, new development is extremely important and I support it. But I also support the voices of established residents and businesses who represent existing development. There's a way to support both. There's a way to be fair. When you go to the voting both on April 2nd, vote for someone who values fairness above all else. Vote for someone who will represent all interests equally. Vote for someone who can make an independent decision when decisions must be made and then someone who can stand by that decision and be proud of it. Vote for me, Gina Noble, Seat number 2. Thank you."

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